Truthfully, most of us don't think about thinking at all. But this book not only explains the importance of thought, it also focuses on how improving upon, and taking better control of, our thoughts can actually help us achieve our most treasured goals. The book is sprinkled with many inspirational quotes by, among others, Gandhi, Confucius, Buddha, General George Patton, and perhaps the most appropriate of all -- often attributed to author Harper Lee, -- which reads, "The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one that makes you think." This is exactly what author Kara Lane has done in her book. The idea of turning the thought process into a "game" of sorts is related to the concept of playing any game where we use skill, knowledge and luck. There may be few rules, but there can be any number of winning strategies and results. The discussion of the conscious mind vs. the unconscious mind, and how each plays a role in our lives, is eye-opening. And it turns out that what we think about ourselves and others matters - a great deal. Emotions, curiosity, confidence, biases, persistence, and honesty are just a few areas covered in the book. It' an interactive reading experience with challenges and steps to follow, and critical questions to ask oneself. It's an easy read, with metaphors and examples to fully clarify important points. Even though the areas of the unconscious and conscious mind are complex, the material here is presented in a way that's simple and understandable. Very reader-friendly. I've always believed in affirmations and visualization, both of which are featured in the book, but other areas such as mind mapping and brain-mining were new terms for me. They're quickly explained, though. I found many "Aha!" moments when suddenly a point illustrated how I've sabotaged my progress towards success or held myself back by the techniques I've used or the attitudes I've had. Is it possible that by changing the way we think we can improve our lives? After reading this book, I'm motivated to make this not only a possibility but an exciting reality!
What I liked about this book is that the author approached thinking from two angles: the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Most books on thinking either focus only on conscious thought (books on critical and creative thinking) or only on the unconscious (how our subconscious mind helps us or hurts us). This book takes a more holistic approach and focuses on helping to improve both aspects of our minds. This makes so much more sense because, in reality, we think both rationally and emotionally, both consciously and unconsciously. Another thing I liked is that the author went beyond the theoretical and gave practical advice on how to use the information provided. Some examples include: •How to implement the four-step process for achieving goals •What to do when emotions or biases get in our way •Challenges to help strengthen the mindset traits that lead to smarter thinking •Twelve critical and creative thinking techniques to prompt better thinking (there were even a few techniques I’d never even heard of but can’t wait to try) I bought this book primarily for business reasons but was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of the information can be applied to my personal life as well; especially relative to relationships, health, and financial goals. Awesome book!
This book came at a very good time in my life for me to read. I struggle with anxiety and my mind having "a mind of it's own"! I really enjoyed the strategies of this book and knowing that there is a way to control my thoughts/mind. I appreciate the strategies for taking control of my thoughts and knowing there will always be the uncontrollable but there is also the controllable. I would recommend this book to anyone/everyone!
This book was a timely read for me, as our thoughts can be extremely powerful and play a huge part in how we live and, even more importantly, enjoy our lives. It gave me encouragement to dive in and set goals and make things happen, as well as providing the steps in how to do this.
I really enjoyed reading ideas on how to manage our unconscious mind and how to overcome challenges, including tips on letting go of worry, especially about things that are out of our control.
I also am very fond of the inspirational quotes at the beginning of the chapters. These are impactful.
The author evidently applies the techniques outlined in this book to her own thought process. A clear and readable outline of how we think, the impact of our emotions and external influences provides hints on how to improve our mental function. I find myself using advice to analyze and improve my daily thinking. Can’t think of anyone that won’t derive measurable improvement from the advice in this book.
Because I believe our thoughts greatly influence everything in our lives, I had to pick up this book! It's a fascinating subject. What I enjoyed most is that the author gives actionable steps that can be set as goals to achieve desired outcomes. I'm a list-maker, and this book offers step-by-step, logical processes that I am incorporating into the way I manage my business. This book is for anyone wanting to increase the quality of their life.
The author has set forth 7 simple rules to the thinking game. 1. The object of The Thinking Game is to achieve a goal 2. You play the game with others but only control your own moves 3. You can play or pass but there are consequences to your actions 4. Greater goals require greater time and effort 5. Luck is a wild card which can work for you or against you 6. You will progress more quickly if you learn from your results 7. You win by mastering your conscious mind and managing your unconscious mind She then supports all of these rules with quotes and knowledge she has obtained from reading over 50 books on a variety of subjects. She includes a bibliography to these books in the appendix. She offers helpful insights to improve your thinking throughout the book. For instance, in the chapter on managing your unconscious mind, she states that 95% of our mental activity is unconscious, and that most of our beliefs are formed by the opinions of others and mostly from our family of origin. She then gives an example “…if you think you’re boring, do something you find interesting. When you become interested in something, you become more interesting to others who are interested in the same thing.” She suggests cultivating certain traits to improve your thinking and provides challenges in the book to help you with the process. I particularly liked the +1 solution she describes. It was developed by Dr. Jason Selk, a mental toughness coach. This approach helps with subjects that require many steps prior to being resolved or completed. It’s sort of the baby-steps approach to problem solving, essentially taking it one step at a time to prevent being overwhelmed and to move toward your goal.
Have you made goals that you haven’t met yet? Do you have a vague dream that you want to accomplish someday? Are there things you want to try but are afraid of failure? It’s time to buckle down with The Thinking Game: A Winning Strategy for Achieving Your Goals by Kara Lane and catch those rainbows!
My favorite chapter was Chapter 6: Questions to Frequently Ask to Improve Your Thinking. We all have aspects of our life that we want to improve. Asking questions like the ones suggested for success, relationships, money, personal satisfaction on a regular basis will help you (and me) stay focused on those long-term goals.
I received an advance review copy from Reedsy Discovery.
The Thinking Game is an important addition to the personal development genre, providing insight into one of the most fundamental human attributes: our thoughts. It outlines a step-by-step process to evaluate thoughts, initiating the first step toward changing them in a positive direction. The book tackles complex ideas and distills them into simple (but not oversimplified) concepts that set the groundwork for understanding how the thought process works. It avoids veering off into the philosophical aspects of the mind, instead taking a grounded and practical approach to understanding thought by placing it in the context of a game. “The object of the game is to achieve a goal or purpose that you have chosen,” writes Lane in the introduction, before laying the groundwork in the first section of the book by describing the rules that govern the game (and reality). Part One also presents ways to grow your understanding of the mind and attain mastery of your thoughts in service of achieving your goals by recognizing the impact that emotions, beliefs, and unconscious biases may have on thoughts.
Parts Two delineates the personality traits, skills, and techniques that empower effective thinking and demonstrates how to refine them. It spurs the reader to ask questions that evaluate their thinking about different aspects of their lives and shows the effects of asking and answering the right questions to improve your thinking.
Part Three focuses on applying these methods to goal attainment. It underlines the importance of a plan of action and coaches readers in how to choose appropriate goals. It teaches methods for analyzing the results of our thoughts and subsequent behavior to see what works and what doesn’t—and how to do things differently next time to attain better outcomes.
The content is very analytical, but it is presented in an upbeat, personable tone that engages and inspires. One of the book’s biggest strengths lies in the precise and relatable examples that make it easy for readers to see themselves applying these methods in their own lives. The Thinking Game is a great read for anyone interested in cultivating a greater understanding of how their thoughts impact their behavior in order to pursue greater life satisfaction.